Are we worthy?

Posted by | June 10, 2019 9:45 am

The Right Stuff – By Donald Holman

As I watched the celebrations of that most heroic generation, the World War II fighters, I was in awe. I heard it said that their battle was probably the last one that would be fought in that way. These days, with satellites and smart bombs and proxies, the world powers no longer clash directly. They instead badger each other through third- world country conflicts. And with all the technology, there would probably never be another man-to-man, gun-to-gun battle where the crude hand-held weapons of war would be used to take the field. Viewed in that light, it truly was fitting that … Read More


It takes children to teach us

Posted by | June 10, 2019 9:25 am

Bu Derrick Coble – West Sparta church of Christ

Our Lord often used some unconventional teaching methods or sayings that were sometimes confusing. For instance, when he told the parable of the soils, the disciples asked, “What might this parable be?” (Luke 8:9). Furthermore, he taught by walking to the disciples on the sea (Mat. 14:25), paying the temple tax with money from the mouth of a fish (Mat. 17:27), and by cursing a fig tree (Mark 11:14). Yet, beyond his powerful parables and miracles, perhaps one of His more simplified methods of teaching tends to get overlooked—the day He used a child to teach about greatness (Mat. … Read More



Bridge cleanup

Posted by | June 10, 2019 9:21 am

Crews with Tennessee Department of Transportation are clearing debris from the Calkiller Bridge, at the Bockman Way. (Photo by BILL LOOS)


Rabbit hunting with an empty gun

Posted by | June 10, 2019 9:12 am

By Steve Qualls – Christpoint Church

Several years ago, my brother and I decided on a cold, snowy day in the winter to go rabbit hunting. We walked for hours, and, finally, the dogs ran out one single rabbit from a brush pile. I pulled my gun, took quick aim, and – nothing. We had walked so long, I had given up on the way to the truck and emptied my gun. I pulled the trigger but soon found that if you want to shoot a rabbit, while rabbit hunting, then rule number one would be to load the gun.

Jesus taught along these lines considering “the real … Read More


Vote is unanimous for new leader of police department, Goff is choice

Posted by | June 10, 2019 9:06 am

Doug Goff addresses the Sparta Board of Mayor and Aldermen, on June 6, after he was named the new police chief.

By Ron Moses

“I just wanted to say thank you for your vote of confidence,” said Doug Goff, who was named as Sparta’s new police chief last week. “I am humbled, grateful, and excited for this new chapter in my life. I appreciate it with all of my heart. I will do the best I can do and that’s all I can do. I need your help and God’s – not necessarily in any order.”

Sparta Board of Mayor and Aldermen voted unanimously, on June 5, to approve the hiring. Goff was one of four finalists for the position after a long and exhaustive search, which included the … Read More



Correction officer arrested June 6 for domestic assault

Posted by | June 10, 2019 9:01 am

Christopher Allen Frazier

An employee with White County Sheriff’s Office has been fired after he was arrested and charged with domestic assault.

Christopher Allen Frazier, 21, who had reportedly been employed as a correction officer at the White County Justice Center, was arrested last week after a warrant was obtained by Detective Richard Lynch.

Lynch reportedly received information, on June 5, from a “third party” that a domestic incident had occurred on June 4, 2019, between Frazier and his girlfriend. The girlfriend had reportedly taken Frazier’s phone.

According to the affidavit of complaint, “during the struggle, Mr. Frazier had forced [his girlfriend] onto the couch, holding her down … Read More


Doug Goff named new police chief

Posted by | June 10, 2019 8:56 am

By Rachel Auberger

Doug Goff, who has 21 years of experience with law enforcement in White County, will assume the title and duties of chief of police for the City of Sparta, on Sept. 1.

Goff said he talked with his family and prayed hard before he applied for the position. He hopes to maintain the high level of integrity that already exists within the department, as well as within the community, when he begins his tenure as chief.

“Based on the level of confidence the city aldermen had in me when they chose me for this position, I will make the best decisions I can for this … Read More



World War II flag donated to White County Veteran’s Museum

Posted by | June 10, 2019 8:53 am

Ceicel Bradley, who died during World War II while serving his country, is shown in this old photograph with his parents. Bradley’s name is among several listed on the back of a Victory Flag that was recently found. Regina Wilhite, who found the flag stored in her parents’ home, visited Martha Lee, a family friend, to share the news about the discovery of the flag. When Lee was told about Bradley’s name being on the list, Lee quickly produced the photograph, telling Wilhite that Bradley was related to her late husband.

A lone gold star on the Victory Flag represents the loss of a family member during war time. Ceicel Bradley’s gold star was laid on top of the original blue star, which is seen in the bottom of the v-shape.

By Rachel Auberger

Regina Wilhite found a historic treasure when cleaning out the rooms at her parent’s home. A flag from World War II that had once hung in a community church was among the antiques, family photos, and other memorabilia.

“This flag originally hung in the Mt. Carmel United Methodist Church, but we are pretty sure it was representative of the whole community, not just the one … Read More


Harold “Hut” E. Hutchings

Posted by | June 8, 2019 9:06 am

Harold E. “Hut” Hutchings, 79, of Sparta, passed away June 4, 2019, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

Mr. Hutchings was born Nov. 19, 1939, in Sparta, to Malcolm Hutchings and Nancy Steele Hutchings.

He was a shipping manager at local manufacturing plants.  Mr. Hutchings was also a member of Bon Air Methodist Church and an avid fan of University of Tennessee sports.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Othena Kinnard and Marvine Stanley.

Survivors include two daughters, Patty Day and husband Dean, of Cookeville, Lori Livesay and husband Buddy, of Sparta; granddaughter, Kayla Mitchell and husband Chuck, of Livingston; two great-grandsons, Cade Mitchell, … Read More


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